"What's in the box? WHAT'S IN THE BOX???"
No more suspense, in the box are my core beliefs. I am a Christian, but unfortunately that is no longer enough of a description of what I believe. Many people also claim to be Christians however our beliefs are not at all the same. I consider my box a meeting ground to determine what we have in common and where we are different. But these core beliefs are non negotiable, they are truth, they cant be swayed or changed by time, culture, or relevance. I believe that if you also believe what is in the box and practice it then I consider you part of my faith family, a Christ follower, a Christian.
Now there are a lot of different things Christians believe that give us diversity, some Christians believe in the trinity, some don't, some believe in prophesy, some don't, some believe in speaking in tongues, some don't, some believe in eternal security, some don't. I could be here all day listing the different views of Christians but I believe all of these things are outside of the box. I believe these things are debatable, not that I don't already have my mind made up on most of these I still enjoy the discussion. Of these things we can disagree extremely and I can still call you family.
Its important to include this in my first post because these truths guide who I am, what I do and what I write about. If after reading this list you see that you don't share the same beliefs, don't worry we can still be friends but I'd like to talk to you about what and why you disagree. You see my ultimate goal in life is to compel others towards Christ never away from Him.
1. The Bible is God's word.
Every word is God Breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2Timothy 3:16
2. There is only One God.
God has revealed himself to us through His word and through Nature. He is the creator and sustainer of all life, Creator of the universe.
3. God created Man.
God created man in his own image, and wants a relationship with mankind.
4. Sin Separates Man and God.
Sin is disobedience and God is completely Holy (pure) and the two can't overlap.
Jesus is God's son who was sent to the world to save it from sin not condemn it. He was born of a virgin. He was fully God and Fully man. He lived a sinless life . He died a gruesome death on the cross. His blood was poured out as a ransom for Mankind. He sacrificed himself to restore the relationship between God and Man. He was buried in a borrowed tomb. Three days after his death He rose again and walked the earth for 40 days. He defeated Death. He ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us. He is coming back again to rule the World. He is the only way to God.
6. Becoming a Christian is simple.
Realize Jesus is the only way to restore your relationship with God. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, Ask Him to be in charge of you life, Let Him Be in Charge.
7.Heaven and Hell are Real Places
Everyone will end up at one of them after you die.
8. Each Christian has a job to do.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
That's it.. That's all that is in my box
I hope that after reading this you found out that we are family after all, even if I'm that weird cousin you avoid at reunions. If you read this but disagree on some points let me know, Friends I would love to talk, I want nothing more than to have more understanding not more dissension. I am also curious as to what is in your box? what are your core beliefs?
This blog wont always be about faith but whether I am talking about potty training or politics this is the root of the root, the bud of the bud. this is the start.
love you all.